Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Tues., May 29, Christopher Perrella, 32, of Vernon, NJ, was arraigned on an Indictment charging him with: Aggravated Vehicular Homicide (four counts), Vehicular Manslaughter in the First Degree (four counts), Manslaughter in the Second Degree (two counts), Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree (eight counts), and Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (four counts).
The charges were filed in connection with the deaths of two women who were passengers in a 2015 BMW convertible that Perrella had been driving, which crashed into an unoccupied home located at 420 Glenwood Rd. in Pine Island on Sat., Nov. 4, 2017. Emily Carwile, 36, of Vernon, NJ and Jessica Dussault, 30, of Hopatcong, NJ, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Perrella is charged with driving while his ability to operate the car was impaired by both alcohol and marijuana. Bail was set by Orange County Court Judge Robert H. Freehill in the amount of $50,000 cash or $150,000 bond. Perrella is next scheduled to appear in County Court on June 14, 2018. District Attorney Hoovler thanked the Town of Warwick Police Department for their investigation and the New York State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit for their aid in the investigation.
“Fatalities caused by those who drive while impaired by alcohol or other substances are as tragic as they are preventable,” said District Attorney Hoovler. “I thank the Town of Warwick Police Department and the New York State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit for their investigation of this matter during the grand jury investigation. My deepest condolences go out to the family of both of the deceased women in this case.”
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Christopher Kelly and Assistant District Attorney Robert DeMono.